Move Over Academy Awards – Make Room for Singapore’s Silver Screen Awards
The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is paving the way for its own film industry by hosting an annual award ceremony for the film industry – in particular, featuring the home grown filmmaking talents of Asia and SE Asia.
The first SGIFF took place in 1991 and was the first international competition with a specific Asian category and in 2014 added a SE Asian short film category.
The most recent SGIFF took place 3 December 2016 and honored the Nepali film White Sun about the conflict Maoist supporters with its top honor as Best Film by Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar.
The Best Short Film in the SE Asian Short Film category was one of thirteen awards presented in 2016 and was awarded to Indonesian film In the Year of Monkey by Indonesian directory Wregas Bhanuteja.
Even David Beckham was present. Beckham and George Tanasijevich, CEO of Marina Bay Sands hotel, presented the award for Asian Feature Film – Best Director to Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
So next year, forget the Academy Awards and check out the Singapore International Film Festival instead.